CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Turczyk’s Meats said it’s leaving the West Side Market and blames it on the city.
Owner, Mike Turczyk made the announcement in a Facebook post Saturday night.
He cited poor management by Cleveland and raising costs.
“There’s not enough traffic anymore,” Turczyk said.
The popular vendor said there are some things that could have kept him at the iconic destination.
“Definitely lowering the rent, having maintenance taken care of. I didn’t have electricity in my beef stand for over a year.”
Turczyk’s Meats said after 36 years of "blood, sweat and tears, it’s hard to say goodbye."
It didn’t take Cleveland long to respond. The city posted its own Facebook message about improvements at West Side Market.
The city said over the past 5 years it has made more than $5.3 million in capital improvements. Recent improvements include the installation of new boilers, new electrical systems, a new parking lot, roof repairs, new cooling systems and more.
“My question is, where?” Turczyk said. “I haven’t seen nothing. They fixed an elevator that been broken for over two years. I don’t see five million dollars worth of improvements.”
Cleveland said more renovations are coming.
“Separately, the City of Cleveland has also completed an extensive capital assessment and is in the process of awarding a design contract for over $5.5 million in planned improvements, of which $2 million in funding for 2019 exists,” according to the post. “Plans include addressing electrical improvements, lighting upgrades, building envelope improvements and other market needs.”
The city said it wants to maintain relationships with people who would like to stay as a vendor and those who would like to do business opportunities at West Side Market.
Not all of the vendors are dissatisfied.
“This building is 107 years old, we just celebrated our birthday and there’s minor things that need to be done,” said Beth Bowman, who’s baked for Vera’s Bakery for 15 years before buying it two years ago. I couldn’t be happier. I’m happy to be here.”